Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

Urban Farm Fashion Statements

11001846_846409595397971_8208010011669954977_nI think my excitement for the arrival spring is showing up in my wardrobe these days. These botanical accessories are making me so happy lately! The KALE sweatshirt is just too much! Apparently, Beyonce really put this sweatshirt on the map (according to a guy in the airport who told me he liked my Beyonce sweatshirt). I wanted to say something ridiculous like, “Oh, she went to KU too? Neat.” But I refrained. Eric and I joke about that often. So if nothing else, the sweatshirt brings us silly and oh-so-nerdy joy.

succulents2And then there are these amazing succulent hair pins. They showed up in my Etsy newsfeed, made by the same awesomely talented artist who made these gardenias for my wedding:

theDavisons_web-312She makes these adorable succulent hair pins (among many other beautiful clay floral hair pieces) for brides. But who says brides have to have all the fun and beautiful hair accessories? They’re just too precious to resist and for an urban farm girl itching for spring, they’re priceless!

*Image of succulent pins by dkdesignshawaii

Growing Pains: Accepting Adversity

image (5)Last week, we experienced a loss. Eric and I were growing a baby and found out that it wasn’t meant to be this time around. We were disappointed and my heart was heavy. I’m ready to be a mother and we were on our way. Two pink lines – something I’ve been imagining and waiting for. And just like that, it was gone. Miscarriages happen. I know this. It’s a common thing and happens more than I realized. You hear about pregnancies that are well on their way. You don’t hear about miscarriages until you have one. It’s amazing how many of my friends have let me know that I’m not alone. It’s my body’s way of clearing out what must not have been viable. I know this and still, the journey through it is sad. Besides the love and support of our close friends and family, three words have really helped me navigate this road. They’ve become my new mantra – a way to navigate physical and emotional adversity.

image (4)Acceptance – I start by being present and aware of what is. It’s amazing how powerful and cathartic it can be to just acknowledge and accept something as it is. Eric always says, “it’s not the challenge that hurts. It’s my resistance to the challenge that hurts.” I really believe this to be true. So, I recognize the challenge in front of me and accept it fully. I’ve noticed it even feels helpful to verbalize what it actually is that I’m accepting. “Alright, we’re not having this baby after all. It’s not meant to be.” Even when the words are said through tears, I accept what is.

Compassion – This is the hard part. The word compassion is a reminder to be gentle with myself. When I start getting hard on myself, thinking I should be feeling or acting differently than I am, I dig into my stores of compassion. I imagine that my friend is going through the same thing and try to imagine how I would comfort her. I am so much harder on myself than I am with my friends. I give myself a little extra love and try to allow myself the time and space to feel all the emotions that come up for me.

Breath – For me, breath represents space and time. It’s giving myself the opportunity to be sad, to cry, and to be hopeful again. Many times, it’s literally a few mindful breaths as I think about this mantra that helps me feel calm and grounded. Breathing is relaxing into the moment and being present with what is.

surrender

Life is fragile and beautiful and I totally surrender to the magic of it all, one breath at a time.

The Little Things: Details from my Handmade Wedding

1492284_10204310310905433_3230937443078395947_oThis is final post in my series about my little handmade wedding. Does it have to be over? I’ve been reliving the joy in every post! Today, I want to share with you all the extra little details that made our wedding so lovely!

theDavisons_web-082I had my friend Yuko, of Honeyberry Studios, draw a picture of Eric and me for the wedding. It turned out so adorable, I framed it and put it on the cake table. It’s now hanging in our bedroom – a precious reminder of our wedding day that I get to see everyday. If I have one piece of advice it’s splurge on the frames you use for decor at your wedding. We invested in some really beautiful barn wood frames for various parts of our wedding decor and ended up using them in our home to hang some special wedding art and photos. They ended up serving a special purpose during and after the wedding and have special memories all wrapped up in them.

theDavisons_web-373My mom was with me in spirit and since butterflies remind me of her, we incorporated them into the decor. These adorable ombre sugar butterflies made our cake so special. I loved how simple and charming it was! We kept the cake itself super simple so that the butterflies would really stand out. Of course I would end up with pollinators on my wedding cake!

theDavisons_web-068This butterfly earring of my mom’s ended up being my “something old.” I didn’t even though they were still around, but my sister had saved them. She surprised me with them on the week of the wedding and we pinned one into the inside of my dress. It was such a treasure!

theDavisons_web-266I never thought I’d end up in a tea-length dress, but I found this dress and loved it immediately. It ended up being absolutely perfect for the day! What made it even more amazing was being able to wear super fun shoes! The teal Miz Mooz shoes I found were super comfortable and so fun! I made the bouquet myself and the long, flowing teal ribbon, which was my sister’s last minute brilliant idea, was the perfect little touch to pull everything together.

theDavisons_web-034Naturally, we bought Eric a tie and socks to match.

theDavisons_web-102I decorated the tall tables with antique cheese graters-turned candle holders. I put a flameless candle underneath and it turned into a charming centerpiece.

theDavisons_web-634Of course, I had to bring the photo props I made for a New Year’s Eve party a few years ago. They ended up being a fun thing to play with later in the night. They made the dance floor even more hilarious and fun!

10429849_733725313333067_8503885062734635546_ntheDavisons_web-408I dolled up a vintage suit case in order to have a cute place for cards. I lined the top and bottom of the case with fabric that matched the decor of our wedding. Then, I got some fun paper, which also coordinated with the fabrics and colors I used in our wedding, and used a die cut machine to cut out fun letters.

theDavisons_web-096Finally, one of my favorite projects was the luminarias. I found this super awesome and simple tutorial and proceeded to make several sets of luminarias for different areas around the event. “Mr. & Mrs.” bags were on one side of the pool and “Davison” bags were on the other. I also made bags with our initials, “LOVE”, and hearts with arrows. They were a bit tedious to cut out, but were a super charming detail that I loved.

theDavisons-376And they lived happily ever after…

Missed the first posts in this series? Click herehere and here to see more.

*Thanks to Alex Smith for the most incredible photos. We are grateful. 

Work Lunch: Super Food Salad

WorkLunchI discovered a version of this salad when we first arrived in Park City. We were exhausted and hungry after a long morning of traveling and I was craving some nutritious sustenance. It hit the spot in a major way and I knew right then, that I’d be adding this into my rotation once we got home. It was one of those moments when I thought to myself, why didn’t I think of this? Such a simple, but delicious combination of salad goodness.

image (1)The salad in the restaurant had blueberries and grapefruit on it too, but since I’m not a fan of grapefruit and blueberries aren’t in season, I left those out. I can tell you right now that blueberries will most definitely make an appearance in my salad come July. Such an unexpected flavor and texture!

IMG_4965The first time I ordered this salad at a restaurant, I got it with grilled chicken, which added just the right amount of protein. I forgot the chicken the week I brought this to work for lunch and found that it didn’t sustain me as well without it. You’ll definitely want to pack some extra protein or a soup to go with this if you’re taking it for lunch too. Other than that, it is a powerhouse of a salad.

Super Food Salad

Greens (baby kale, chard, spinach and arugula)
2 or 3 medium beets
1 or 2 medium sweet potatoes
1 avocado
about 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
some delicious cheese of your choice (feta or chèvre work well here)
your favorite vinaigrette
Olive oil
Vinegar
salt and pepper

First, prep the salad ingredients.

Roast the beets.

Want a quick beet roasting tutorial and another awesome beet salad recipe? Read this!

Cut the skinned and roasted beets into bite-sized pieces and place into a container. Add a dash of olive oil, vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine.

Roast the sweet potato.

Peel, cut, and toss the sweet potato with a little olive oil and salt. Spread out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven until tender, about 20 minutes.

Toast some pumpkin seeds. 

This is really the star of this salad. They add the most delicious crunch. To toast the seeds, place raw pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir occassionally, moving the seeds around the skillet. They’re done when they start to snap, crackle and pop out of the pan and start turning golden.

Make a vinaigrette. 

Making homemade vinaigrette is super simple. Following a 3:1 oil to vinegar ratio is really the way to do it (thank you, Michael Ruhlman!). I usually put 3 or so tablespoons of oil into a small mason jar with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Sometimes I add a bit of dijon mustard, a pinch of whatever spices are calling my name (an italian herb mix of dried oregano, basil, and thyme is nice), and a bit of salt and pepper. Put the lid on the mason jar, shake it up, and dress your salad.

Make the salad.

Fill a bowl with a big helping of fresh salad greens. Toss the greens with your vinaigrette and top with some beets, sweet potato, avocado, chevre, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Making this for lunch?

Pack the greens and vinaigrette jar in one large container. In a mason jar, stack the toppings in the following order, from bottom to top: beets, sweet potato, cheese, and avocado. Dump on your salad during lunch, sprinkle with the toasted seeds, and devour with joy.

Side note:

O is for !Having you been wanting to start a garden so you can grow your own salad? I’ve got a bunch of classes on the books that can help you on your way! Check out the Urban Farm Schoolhouse website for all the details!